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Andy Murray says he is “optimistic” about his future in tennis as he prepares for his eagerly-awaited Wimbledon comeback.

The former world number one, who was on the verge of retirement before having “life-changing” hip surgery in January, will play in the men’s doubles at SW19 when the tournament begins on 1 July.

Murray, 32, made a winning return to competitive action at Queen’s Club on Thursday after five months out, as he and doubles partner Feliciano Lopez beat top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Andy Murray of Great Britain and playing partner Feliciano Lopez of Spain attend a press conference after winning their First Round Doubles match against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia during day Four of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 20, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Murray is playing doubles with Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s

Following his victory, Murray said he had “expected to be the worst player on the court” but felt “zero discomfort” in his hip.

“I feel optimistic about the future,” the two-time Wimbledon singles champion said.

“I don’t know how long it will take to get to that level, but, you know, hopefully not too long.”

Murray will partner with France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon but admitted they were “unlikely” to win the title.

“I think it’s possible,” he said. “But, I mean, it doesn’t matter either way. I would like to, but I don’t mind if I don’t.

“I’d say it would be unlikely because, you know, I have not played many matches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Andy Murray of Great Britain partner of  Feliciano Lopez of Spain plays a backhand during their mens doubles first round match against Juan Sebastian cabal of Columbia and Robert Farah of Columbia during day four of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 20, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Murray and Lopez will continue their Queen’s campaign in the second round on Friday

“And doubles on grass, it’s not like you sort of kind of ease yourself into matches a little bit and there is time. The points are over pretty quickly. You need to be sharp.

“It really would depend how quickly I can get my reflexes and things like that back. They have been okay in practice, but obviously matches are a different story.”

Murray, a father-of-two, has taken a relaxed view to his return to tennis after facing a make-or-break decision on whether to undergo a hip resurfacing operation.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference after winning his First Round Doubles match with playing partner Feliciano Lopez of Spain against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia during day Four of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 20, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Murray admitted he was ‘unlikely’ to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title

“I think when you spend time away, you know there is a chance you might not get back to playing again,” Murray said.

“There is lots of things you think about, stuff that you might have done differently during your career, you look back and regret certain things and wish you had done stuff differently.

“Now that I get the chance to play again, it’s just you remember the things that are actually important or the reasons for why you actually start doing something or why you play a certain sport, do a certain job.

“It’s because it’s something you care about and you actually enjoy doing. And it’s not doing it just to win tennis matches.”

Murray and Lopez will continue their Queen’s campaign in the second round on Friday.

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